elect

adjective
\ i-ˈlekt How to pronounce elect (audio) \

Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : carefully selected : chosen
2 : chosen for salvation through divine mercy
3a : chosen for office or position but not yet installed the president-elect
b : chosen for marriage at some future time the bride-elect

elect

noun
plural elect

Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : one chosen or set apart (as by divine favor)
2 elects plural : a select or exclusive group of people

elect

verb
elected; electing; elects

Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership elected her class president
2 : to make a selection of will elect an academic program
3 : to choose (something, such as a course of action) especially by preference might elect to sell the business

intransitive verb

: to make a selection

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Examples of elect in a Sentence

Adjective this elect body of students represents the best that the nation's high schools have to offer Noun the members of this all-American team are the elect of collegiate football Verb He hopes to be elected to the committee. I've elected to study French as my foreign language.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The former New York City mayor, who has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into helping elect Democrats in Congress over the years, could also help down-ballot Democrats in 2020. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, "How Bloomberg could help Joe Biden take on Trump," 5 Mar. 2020 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Republican state convention in Rochester to endorse a U.S. Senate candidate, elect national convention delegates and consider positions to be included in the party’s platform or set of policy goals. Bill Salisbury, Twin Cities, "When is the presidential primary? How early can I vote? Here’s your 2020 MN political calendar.," 30 Dec. 2019 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tauzin and Whitehead said no meeting was held to nominate, much less elect, Lee and John. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Ex-boss of San Antonio’s CaptureRx’s may return as consultant," 19 June 2020 John Slattery, the chief executive of Embraer’s commercial aviation operations, was named chief executive-elect of GE Aviation, effective July 13. Richard Clough, BostonGlobe.com, "GE aviation taps Embraer’s John Slattery to replace retiring CEO," 15 June 2020 Maryam Rajavi is the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s president-elect. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "After prison, an escaped Iranian dissident fears for his family, he says," 19 Feb. 2020 In December 2016, for example, China denounced Ms. Tsai’s congratulatory phone call to Donald J. Trump, then the president-elect. Chris Horton, New York Times, "Coronavirus Crisis Offers Taiwan a Chance to Push Back Against China," 22 Apr. 2020 Kevin Walker, Westlake Kiwanis’ president-elect, said in a news release. cleveland, "Local professor dons costumes to ‘care’ for her online students: Olmsted Dates and Data," 20 Apr. 2020 Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes planned to announce the final results around 3 p.m. Beshear, the state's attorney general and governor-elect, was to address reporters shortly afterward. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Matt Bevin on Kentucky recanvass: 'I'm not gonna contest these numbers that have come in'," 14 Nov. 2019 The new governor-elect avoided talking about Trump, impeachment or other polarizing national issues that risked energizing his opponent’s conservative base. Bruce Schreiner, chicagotribune.com, "Gov. Matt Bevin concedes to Andy Beshear in Kentucky governor’s race," 14 Nov. 2019 Two days after the election, automaker lobbyists wrote a jubilant letter to the president-elect, asking him to revise the 2020 to 2025 standards. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "‘We Knew They Had Cooked the Books’," 12 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Speakers encouraged those listening to patronize Black businesses and work to elect those who will represent the interests of the community. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "'The voices will be heard': Juneteenth march draws hundreds in downtown Detroit," 20 June 2020 Students could elect, with parent permission, to attend classes virtually. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Senate GOP leaders: Kentucky education officials failing to prepare schools for reopening," 19 June 2020 The court, which has traditionally supported the president, made the decision even though the Venezuelan constitution states the National Assembly -- which is controlled by the opposition -- should elect the members of the Electoral Council. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, "Venezuela's Maduro tightens grip on power, helped by coronavirus lockdown," 19 June 2020 Religious conservatives who helped elect Mr Trump and were cheered by his Supreme Court picks are shocked by Justice Gorsuch’s defection from the cause. The Economist, "LGBT rights America’s Supreme Court protects LGBT workers against discrimination," 18 June 2020 The rich ignore legal codes, or elect someone to rewrite them. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The death and life of the lawyer show," 18 June 2020 The delegation will elect its chair during an online meeting June 28. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Bernie Sanders’ California forces want Ro Khanna — not Newsom — to lead state delegation," 17 June 2020 Backed by Justice Democrats, the political action committee that helped elect Ocasio-Cortez, Bowman has collected endorsements from Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and New York City’s public advocate, Jumaane Williams. Astra Taylor, The New Yorker, "A New Group of Leftist Primary Challengers Campaign Through Protests and the Coronavirus," 17 June 2020 Counties can elect to allow nail salons, massage studios and tattoo parlors to reopen starting Friday. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County reports 1,003 additional coronavirus cases, 17 more deaths," 14 June 2020

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First Known Use of elect

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for elect

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin electus, past participle of eligere to select, from e- + legere to choose — more at legend

Verb

Middle English, from Latin electus

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“Elect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elect. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for elect

elect

adjective
How to pronounce elect (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having been elected : chosen for a public office but not yet holding that office

elect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

: people who belong to a special group and have privileges that other people do not have

elect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

: to select (someone) for a position, job, etc., by voting
somewhat formal : to choose to do (something)

elect

verb
\ i-ˈlekt How to pronounce elect (audio) \
elected; electing

Kids Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to select by vote elect a senator
2 : to make a choice The team elected to kick off.

elect

adjective

Kids Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 2)

: chosen for office but not yet holding office the president-elect

Legal Definition of elect

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership
2 : to make a selection of elected her statutory share over the gift under the will

intransitive verb

: to choose an elective share the right of a spouse to elect against the will

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